The below article by Jemillah Dawson at the Bunbury Mail provides a great update on our International Students Project.
Bunbury aims to increase international student intake
10 December 2019
There is a new push to increase the amount of international students coming to Bunbury as a way to increase population and boost the economy.
The Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance discussed the project at an industry forum in November.
The steering committee, which includes Edith Cowan University and City of Bunbury, aims to have a framework that follows four pillars of study, live, work and play for students when they arrive in Bunbury Geographe.
Committee member Amanda Yip said they would be advertising the region as different to Perth and other cities by providing a personal, authentic Australian experience within a safe and welcoming community.
Ms Yip said the committee hope to have real estate agents on board to help with accommodation and community groups help with things like language courses and sport.
She said the community would be asked to get involved to help students socialise and integrate.
There are about 100 international students in Bunbury in 2019 and the aim is to increase this by 5 per cent year on year as a starting point.
Ms Yip said the changes to the regional study visa increased to four years was an advantaged as it allowed students to stay on an extra year to work in the area.
“There will be spin off benefits in services as well as friends and family who visit the region and word of mouth will expand visitors as well,” she said.
The next step for the committee was to finalise a business case to take to travel expos and Ms Yip said the hope was for more enrolments to occur by the end of 2020.